Fact Tank Oct. 24, 2014

6 facts about marijuana

A new Pew Research Center survey on the nation’s drug policies found a continued support for legalizing marijuana. These are six key facts on views about the issue.

Fact Tank Oct. 24, 2014

Consumer sentiment in U.S. and Europe diverging, along with their economic outlooks

Consumer confidence is rising in the U.S., reflecting its continued modest growth. But confidence has taken a tumble in Europe, which is still struggling to achieve significant, sustainable growth.

Fact Tank Oct. 24, 2014

19% say they get news from a source they distrust

A significant number of web-using adults get at least some of their news about government and politics from sources that they distrust – a concept that may seem puzzling.

Fact Tank Oct. 23, 2014

Where people say giving bribes gets you ahead in life

Whether it’s to cover up a scandal or score a business contract – the act of bribery is widespread across the world.

Fact Tank Oct. 23, 2014

Who will turn out to vote in November? A look at likely voters through the lens of the Political Typology

An analysis of our eight Political Typology groups finds that those most likely to vote in the midterms are the three who are most ideological, highly politically engaged and overwhelmingly partisan.

Fact Tank Oct. 22, 2014

Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated by more than just Hindus

This week marks Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights. In the U.S., seven-in-ten Indian Americans say they celebrate the holiday.

Fact Tank Oct. 22, 2014

Americans of all ages divided over doctor-assisted suicide laws

Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, has gone public with her plans to take her own life. Most Americans say there are circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die, but the public is split on laws about doctor-assisted suicide.

Fact Tank Oct. 21, 2014

Ebola ranks among highest in news interest since 2010

About half of U.S. adults (49%) followed Ebola news very closely last week, elevating the story to our list of most-followed events since 2010.

Fact Tank Oct. 21, 2014

5 key takeaways on politics, media and polarization

Five key takeaways from our new report on political polarization and media habits.

Fact Tank Oct. 21, 2014

Q/A: How Pew Research analyzed America’s polarized media consumption habits

We asked Amy Mitchell, our Director of Journalism Research, to discuss how the new report on media polarization was put together.